This is one of the most commonly asked questions at any rehab office. The way they explained the process is different depending on what you’ve been through and what factors may prolong your recovery, but our ultimate answer is always the same.
1. Engaging in 100% of your normal home, work, and recreational activities with 0% symptoms.
2. Then, we see if you could hold that condition for one solid week. That lets us know that you’re not just *rarely* in pain, but that you’re likely *stable.*
3. We will perform a closing exam to make sure you feel the same to us that you do to yourself and that we have that fully documented.
Completing your full recovery is extremely important for a number of reasons, in addition to avoiding any recurrence of pain and disability and protecting your case with the insurance company.
I will never forget the young lady who came in after a car accident with moderate pain, completed a few months of care, and left just as her pain numbers we’re in the 1/10 range. We we’re excited and relieved that she seemed to have fully recovered from her injuries.
About nine months later, she returned to Corazon Chiropractic Clinic in Hillsboro to report a new injury. This time, instead of the sprain/strain injury to her low back she had from the car accident, she had symptoms of a disc herniation with numbness and tingling going down her leg. She had fallen at work.
The Worker’s Compensation insurance adjuster in charge of her case checked her medical records for the previous seven years. They discovered she never received a closing exam from the motor vehicle collision and that her last visit included minimal pain to her lower back. They used this evidence to deny her entire claim and left her having to pay out-of-pocket for all of her care. This time, it would include more intense therapy, advanced imaging, and possibly a neurosurgical consult.
Except that she couldn’t afford any of that. And that was before her injury rendered her unable to work. We never saw her again. Please protect yourself and fully complete your course of care.
Once your care is completed, we will discuss what level of wellness care is appropriate to you. Just like removing your dental braces is followed up with a retainer and regular cleanings, cured cervical cancer is followed up by more frequent check ups, and physical therapy is followed up by a battery of home care exercises and stretches, a course of corrective, rehabilitative care is followed up by less frequent, wellness check ups to make sure you stay at the good place you worked so hard to claim.
Thankfully, for your busy schedule, these follow up visits are much more infrequent and require much less time. These visits at Corazon Chiropractic Clinic are usually covered by your personal insurance. In the absence of personal insurance, we also have affordable, time of service, wellness care fees. If you give us your personal insurance at the beginning of your rehabilitative care, we can have all of the benefits verified by the time you start your wellness plan. As always, please let us know if you have any questions.